Travelling to Barcelona
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Barcelona is a well-linked and easy-to-access city by plane, ship, train, bus and private vehicle.
Barcelona airport is located in El Prat del Lobregat and both low-cost and non low cost companies fly there.
Once there, there are different options to reach the city:
- By train. Trains leave every 30 minutes from Terminal 2 (T2) train station. A free shuttle (lançadera) links T1, where most international non-low-cost flights land) and T2 in just 5’. From the airport, the train takes 18’ to reach Estació de Sants, the central train, bus and tube station, and c. 20' to reach Passeig de Gracia station in the hearth of Barcelona.
- By bus. The Aerobus leaves from T1 or T2 and arrives to Plaça Catalunya. It leaves every 5’-10’ and the journey takes approximately 30’. A one-way ticket for Aerobut costs €5.90 (€10.20 for a return) and tickets can be purchased at the bus stop or on the bus. There is also a local urban bus (n. 46) that leaves from both T1 and T2 and goes to Plaza de Espanya. Tickets can be purchased on the bus and cost €2.40. If reaching Barcelona airport at night, it is possible to take the night bus N17 from T1, or the N16 from T2 to Plaza de Espanya.
- By taxi. Local taxis (painted in black and yellow) are entirely reliable. We recommend its use.
- By metro. Metro line L9 South connects both terminals to the city centre and to the underground and transports system in Barcelona. This line is not included in the zone-1 ticket area and a one-way fare is €5.15.
Low cost companies also fly to Girona and Reus airports, which are located close to Barcelona (c. 1 hour) and are connected to the city by bus or train.
Barcelona is connected to several Spanish and European cities by train. The main train stations are Sants Estació and Estació de França where you can connect to local transport system.
There are two main bus stations, Sants Estació and Estació del Norte from which it is possible to get the metro to Plaza Catalunya.
Local transport in Barcelona
Barcelona is extremely well connected by public transport of bus, tram and metro. The system is very well integrated and relatively cheap: a 10-journey card, called T-casual, that allows you to travel on all transports within the city (metro, bus, tram and trains) costs c. €11.35. Multi-travel cards can be purchased in all metro stations and at tram stops but not on buses where you can only buy a single-ride ticket with credit card (€2.40).
The closest metro station to the venue of the conference is Glòries on Line 1 (red) or Llacuna on Line 4 (yellow). Buses H12, H14, V23, V25, and 7 all stop within 5 minutes walk from the venue; Ca l'Aranyó Tram stop (T4, T5 & T6) is located right on the main street Diagonal, above Poblenou campus, opposite the Glòries Shopping Mall.